Who’s who in the office?

Maeve McBrideDirector, maeve@350vt.org

MaeveMaeve is the Director for 350Vermont. She works on soup to nuts: grassroots organizing, event planning, outreach, fundraising, and operations. Maeve’s academic background is in river science & engineering, and she completed a Ph.D. in Civil & Environmental Engineering at UVM. Although she is still involved with river projects in the Northeast, she also is a devoted mom, climate activist, yoga teacher, gardener, and bike commuter.

 

Lily Jacobson, Volunteer Coordinator, lily@350vt.org

Lily is originally from the central coast of California. She has lived in Minnesota, Maine, Massachusetts, and an intentional community in Oregon, and has worked on farms and permaculture projects in Alaska, Ireland and the U.K., and Pine Ridge Lakota Reservation, before coming to Vermont in 2011. Lily has a background in ecological planning/design and comparative religion, and she is currently a student in the Leadership for Sustainability graduate program at the University of Vermont. Some of Lily’s other passions are making music, contra dancing, earth-based spirituality, and chocolate.

 

Zac Rudge, Development & Communications Manager, zac@350vt.org

Originally from Australia, Zac has worked with grassroots arts and social justice-focused organizations in Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, The Philippines, Timor Leste, and Australia. More recently, he ran a citywide teen digital media education program in NYC. Since 2016 Zac has focused on producing quality digital content to amplify grassroots advocacy campaigns. 

 

 

Jaiel Pulskamp, Field Organizer, jaiel@350vt.org

From an early age, Jaiel Pulskamp, loved the outdoors. So it’s no surprise that she chose to become a farmer and works with 350Vermont as our (Re)Generate New Solutions Field Organizer. Jaiel is the owner of a small-scale organic fruit and vegetable farm, Kettlesong Farm in Worcester, VT and is excited to focus on building new alternatives to the fossil fuel industry.

 

 

Julie Macuga, Extreme Energy Field Organizer, resist@350vt.org

Julie joined 350VT to help coordinate efforts to curb fossil fuel use in the state. She has volunteered with Protect Geprags Park since 2016 in efforts to put an end to the ANGP pipeline– doing everything from blocking construction of the pipeline and protesting TD Bank, to speaking at shareholders’ meetings and lecturing at UVM. She has also been involved in the movement to prevent F-35 fighter jets from being based at Burlington International Airport. Julie believes in a non-violent approach to activism, with a strong emphasis on doing research before acting. She hopes to put her Environmental Studies degree from UVM to good use in her efforts to take on issues of climate justice. When she’s not writing or researching, Julie enjoys painting and bird-watching.

 

Abigail Mnookin, Mother Up! Coordinatorabby@350vt.org

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Abby is the coordinator of 350VT’s Mother Up!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action project. She completed a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies and taught high school biology for many years before becoming a mom. She strives to integrate climate activism into her various roles, which include being an instructor at the Vermont Wilderness School, a birth doula, and a writer. You can check out her Vermont Public Radio commentaries here. Abby lives with her wife and their two kids in Brattleboro where they bicycle, upcycle, and pee-cycle.

 

Heather Buckner, Mother Up! Organizer, motherupmontpelier@350vt.org

Heather is the organizer for Mother Up! Montpelier. She grew up in Minnesota, and has since lived and worked in many places both in the U.S. and abroad, finally settling with her partner in the beautiful mountains of South Royalton. She has spent much of her career creating and managing programs for young people centered around resource conservation, permaculture, social and environmental justice and building leadership skills. Heather currently wears many hats, including youth coordinator for Voices for Vermont’s Children, permaculture designer, gardener, and herbalist student; she’s also looking forward to becoming a mother by the end of this year! She is excited for the opportunity to help families find meaningful ways to connect to each other, heal, and make collective change.

 

Sonia Silbert, Training Coordinator, trainings@350vt.org

Sonia Silbert is an experienced trainer and facilitator who prioritizes using experiential and popular education techniques to train activists and organizers. She has over a decade’s experience working in social justice movements, including as the Executive Director of the Washington Peace Center in DC and board member of Training for Change. Originally from New York, she now lives in Brattleboro, VT, where she supports local racial justice organizing, plays in the woods, and tries to keep up with a very energetic puppy.

 

Leif Taranta, Communications and Mobilization Fellow, mobilize@350vt.org

Leif Taranta is a student and organizer currently studying Environmental Justice at Middlebury College. They are originally from Philadelphia Pennsylvania and have worked with 350 Philadelphia, the Sunrise Movement, and Middlebury’s Sunday Night Environmental Group. They were a leader in Divest Middlebury and are currently working on a Vermont Green New Deal campaign, fossil fuel resistance, and empowering fellow youth organizers with social movement theory. They are so excited to be here!

 

Cora Kircher, Operations Fellow, operations@350vt.org

Cora Kircher is an organizer and student at Middlebury College, where she is majoring in Sociology and minoring in Environmental Studies. Cora grew up in New York’s Hudson Valley, where she spent several years doing environmental education. She was a leader of Middlebury’s fossil fuel divestment campaign and Student Climate Strike, worked on a NY State Senate campaign, and organized the campaign to pass the Climate Solutions Resolution in Middlebury. This coming year, Cora will be co-manager of Middlebury’s Sunday Night Environmental Group (SNEG), and is looking forward to continued work with 350VT.

 

Who’s who on the board?

Dylan Cullen, Chair

dylan-300x200Dylan moved to Vermont four years ago to attend Champlain College, where they studied Environmental Policy. Dylan’s career as an activist was born out a need to unlearn behaviors and attitudes associated with toxic “whiteness” and “masculinity” that they had downloaded from culture. Dylan soon became interested in using art as a way to learn about and advocate for intersectional justice. Dylan currently works at Vermont Energy Investment Corporation, where they coordinate social and energy justice efforts across the organization’s programs and services, business practices, and commitment to personal learning. Dylan is also interested in exploring ways to support Vermont’s farmers in creating economically profitable pollinator habitat on their properties. Dylan uses they/them pronouns.

KC Whiteley, Vice Chair

KC Whiteley is a long time resident of the Northeast Kingdom, now currently residing in Montpelier. After a long career working with child development and family support programs – like Head Start – KC is currently self-employed as a writer/editor/researcher and music columnist for Vermont Woman. She enjoys contributing her skills to projects and advocacy organizations that she cares deeply about and after a year of working tirelessly on the tar sands campaign has recently joined the board of 350VT.

Alex Messinger, Secretary

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Alex lives in Burlington with his wonderful wife and two fantastic children.  He feels incredibly lucky to be able to commute by bicycle to his job in information technology at the University of Vermont.  His perfect weekend includes a pre-dawn hike in Vermont’s mountains. The high point of his climate change activism (thus far) was joining the crowd of 400,000 at the People’s Climate March in 2015, where he dressed up as a displaced penguin.

 

Brian Tokar

ZMI_1749-300x199Brian is an activist and author, director of the Plainfield-based Institute for Social Ecology, and a lecturer in Environmental Studies at the University of Vermont.  He is the author of The Green Alternative, Earth for Sale, and Toward Climate Justice, edited two books on the politics of biotechnology (Redesigning Life? and Gene Traders) and co-edited a recent collection, Agriculture and Food in Crisis: Conflict, Resistance and Renewal. He has been involved in a variety of energy and climate-related issues since the late 1970s and written widely on the politics of energy in the US.

Nancy Braus

IMG_2111Nancy is the co-founder, owner, and buyer for Everyone’s Books in Brattleboro, a bookstore committed to social justice, diversity, and the earth. She has been active in the movement to close Vermont Yankee and is honored to be able to transfer those organizing skills to the movement for climate justice. She loves long walks, cross country skiing, biking, and lake swimming. She also likes to write for local media. Her goal is to work tirelessly to take power back from the terrible new regime in Washington, and preserve our beautiful world for her children, grandchildren, and the children of the future. Nancy is incredibly grateful for electric assist bicycle technology, which makes 6 months of bike commuting to work possible and wonderful.

Danielle Laberge

Danielle Laberge is Technical Designer and Head of Sales for Grassroots Solar, specializing in solar and battery installation for grid-tied and off-grid systems. Her background is in ecosystem restoration biology. After two terms with the Student Conservation Association and AmeriCorps restoring Grand Canyon National Park and Hudson River Estuary flora to reduce impacts, she is using her environmental education and volunteer coordinating skills every day in her solar job and in her climate organizing work. Born in and recently returned to Vermont, she is happy to strengthen her connection to the home that instilled place-based values in her at an early age.

Andrea Stander

Andrea grew up in a family that was active in the Civil Rights and Anti-Vietnam War movements so grassroots organizing is in her blood. In the past 25+ years she has worked with The Canyonlands Field Institute educating visitors about the fragility of the high desert in Utah; with The Northern Plains Resource Council in Montana organizing farmers and ranchers to resist the negative impacts on their communities and water quality caused by international mining companies; with the Vermont Arts Council advocating for the artists who power Vermont’s creative economy; as a regional field organizer for Bernie Sanders’ first Senate campaign in 2006; with VPIRG on energy and consumer protection issues; and for the past seven years for Rural Vermont, first as Executive Director and now as part-time policy consultant. Rural Vermont advocates for a just transition to regenerative agriculture in support of family farms and food sovereignty and security.  She lives in Montpelier.

Pete Antos-Ketcham

Pete Antos-Ketcham is the director of New Community Project’s Sustainable Living Center in Starksboro, Vermont. The Center hosts interns; promotes and practices organic farming, eco-building principles, and solar hot water and energy production; coordinates local programs for food security and emergency home heating; collaborates with native groups fighting for their rights; and sees a spiritually-centered life connected to the local and global community as the best antidote to our consumer culture. For the past 25 years, he has worked for organizations including the Green Mountain Club, Appalachian Mountain Club, and Randolph Mountain Club. Born in Vermont, he grew up in Middlebury and attended the University of Vermont where he earned a BS in Environmental Studies. When not working, he lives and homesteads with his partner Katie and twins Bailey and Carter.

Christine Hallquist

In 2005, Christine went to Quebec to listen to the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) report where she learned that the fate of the planet is at risk. Christine recognized that the electric grid would be key to creating a carbon-free energy world. Christine then became CEO of Vermont Electric Cooperative (VEC), Vermont’s second largest electric utility. Five years later the company was recognized as the most innovative in the country and cut its outages by more than 1⁄2. On January 20, 2018, Christine listened to four high school seniors doing slam poetry about the harassment they faced as Muslim girls in Vermont. Christine then made the decision to run for governor. She was the first major party candidate in the nation who is transgender, and was endorsed by an impressive list of organizations and people. Today, Christine is the CEO of a new company Cross Border Power located in Quebec.  Cross Border Power provides enabling technology for micro-grids within the context of a North American solution to climate change.

 

Brittany Dunn, Photo and bio coming soon!

David Bardaglio, Photo and bio coming soon!

Rick Barstow, Photo and bio coming soon!

Vir Chachra, Photo and bio coming soon!